Undergraduate
BA Arts with Performing Arts Studies

NUI Galway

Course Overview


The BA Connect programme allows students to obtain a degree in two ordinary Arts subjects (e.g. English and French, Psychology and History and many other options), while also connecting with a small amount of Drama modules, amounting to roughly 30 percent of their time in university.

The Drama element of the degree provides students with introductory modules in theater history, stage craft and acting. The programme blends practice- and classroom-based activities. It is not a formal qualification in Drama (students interested in such an option should instead apply for GY118, the degree in Drama and one other subject). However, for students who want to obtain a degree in two Arts subjects but wish to have an additional specialism in Drama, this programme is an ideal option!
Students in their first year take modules in Performing Arts Studies and in three other subjects from the 20 on offer. In second year, students concentrate on their two degree subjects and take two modules in drama. Third year is spent studying theater and performing arts alone and includes some opportunities for international exchange. In the fourth year, students drop Performing Arts Studies to concentrate on their two degree subjects.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Galway

What is the length of the course?

4 Years Full-time


When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?

September

Placement options

In their third year, students studying a modern language as one or more of their subjects combine studying it in a country where this is the native tongue with the study of the theatrical practice and culture of their hosts. Students not studying languages remain in Ireland and take classes in Drama and Theater Studies.


Application Closing Date

Open for an application

Number of Places

18

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 15,500

Living Costs per year

€ 10,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits


  • This is a BA degree that offers all of the career opportunities of that qualification, including teaching, public service, business and more besides.
  • In their third year, students studying a modern language as one or more of their subjects combine studying it in a country where this is the native tongue with the study of the theatrical practice and culture of their hosts.
  • Many graduates of BA in Performing Arts Studies have gone on to take postgraduate or further training in Drama and Theatre, including at NUI Galway.
  • The programme also provides many transferable skills: public speaking, leadership, critical analysis, teamwork, and public relations.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

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As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements

Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 Grades in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognized for entry purposes. No auditions or portfolios are required as part of the admission process.

English Requirements

Arts/Business/Law (No less than 5.5 in any Component)
IELTS: 6.5 Overall
TOEFL: 88
Pearson (PTE): 61
Duolingo English Test (DET)**: 110
• Temporary measure for 2020 only in response to COVID-19

Special Entry Requirements

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Career Prospects


This is a BA degree that offers all of the career opportunities of that qualification, including teaching, public service, business and more besides. Many graduates of BA in Performing Arts Studies have gone on to take postgraduate or further training in Drama and Theater, including at NUI Galway.
The programme also provides many transferable skills: public speaking, leadership, critical analysis, teamwork, and public relations. The course is not ideally suited to students contemplating careers in theater, media, film, the performing arts – such students should instead apply for GY118, the BA Degree in Drama. However, this BA Connect option is geared towards any student with an interest in pursuing theater and performance as a hobby while engaged in other professional activities after graduation.

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